April 08, 2014

Drawing Design Inspiration at Adrian College

  • Study of Natural Patterns

    Adrian College’s new Science and Business facility will reflect the College’s goals and current advances in the scientific community. For design inspiration, the team from The Collaborative started with a palette of natural patterns, like coral, leaf veins and cell structures. Brainstorming with representatives from Adrian, they wanted to emphasize the College’s goal of preparing the next generation of medical students.

  • The Spirit of the Sciences

    The team explored an entry statement to subtly infuse the space with a spirit of the sciences. With a curved staircase highlighting the two-story lobby space, the stair railing became the perfect canvas for a scientific expression.
    Following a series of studies, the client selected a representation of the tools and methods of DNA sequencing. The patterning is only well-known within the scientific community, and will provoke conversation and thought amongst students and visitors. The human genome is hugely influential in contemporary studies, and the railing design creates a snapshot in time for contemporary science.

  • Inspired by the Tools & Methods of DNA Seqencing

    The railing is made of 3/8” thick plate steel cut by waterjet. The staircase is being fabricated off-site. The challenge to both the design and fabrication team was creating a safe, functional structure while reflecting a meaningful image.

  • Embodiment of the Sciences

    Students will see science coming to life throughout the building. Geology majors and non-majors alike will appreciate the several-ton granite water feature. With a touch of a hand, the 3-foot diameter sphere will spin on pressurized water. This interactive feature invokes planetary notions and makes a powerful impression.

  • Interactive Touchstones

    An eight-foot representation of the periodic table will showcase samples of each element. Using common products will create real-life references, like a halogen bulb with xenon gas, for example. Dangerous elements will be highlighted in photos and graphics. Not forgetting mathematics, an equation-based clock, mounted on a glass wall, will highlight the atrium.